Wine as a metaphor for old age- Guest post by Dr. B – Vinthropology

An introduction to my guest post on Vinthropology .... do visit Danell’s site for the full monty ..... “I have had, what I can only call, the pleasure and fortune of conversing with Dr. B on the question of wine, and he has a certain sincerity and curiosity that speaks not only of wisdom but … Continue reading Wine as a metaphor for old age- Guest post by Dr. B – Vinthropology

From wine bluff to wine buff!

Wine tasting your way from being a Wine Bluff to a Wine Buff can be a long journey, in my case over 40 years since being a student. What began as a few bottles each on a Saturday night in Glasgow became a serious team study of grapes, countries, wine regions and wine producers. Wine collecting then evolved into wine travel as holidays were often into wine regions in France, Italy and Spain. It’s a personal wine tale, reblogged here to mark the change in focus and style of my ageing blog. Hope you like it and find some inspiration.

Buddha Walks Into A Wine Bar ....


I began my wine tasting journey from “wine bluff to wine buff” when I was 22 years old, and now at 70 I cannot believe how much cheap Spanish and Austrian rotgut I poured down my throat by the time I was 23! (Yes, Austrian, if anyone remembers Hirondelle wines?) However by the time I was 24 I had also swirled, sniffed and slurped a fair number of classed growth red Bordeaux, some fine Burgundies, and even a Chateau y’Quem, (You might need to Google that!) via lots of wine tasting.

Having made ourselves thoroughly ill several times, a small group of us at University of Strathclyde, all postgrads doing PhDs, decided enough was enough. The time had come for some serious research into grapes, countries, bottles, labels, corks, the whole bloody lot, because it sure as hell wasn’t “quantity” making us ill since big Frank could down more…

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